Satyam Shivam Sundaram
“One of the bhajans that was playing during our preliminary meditation was sung by Lata Mangeskar, a very famous early Bollywood singer when it was still relatively pure, and they were singing mantras. And the first mantra was ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram.’ And this translates as ‘the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.’ And the aim of meditation,” clarifies Shunyamurti, the Good, True, and Beautiful spiritual director of the Sat Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, “is to find that in yourself which is eternally True, supremely Good, and infinitely Beautiful. And what’s important is that you have faith that you have that within you that corresponds to those attributes. Everyone does.”
However, to deal with the world, we created an ego structure. “And once we created that ego structure, it veiled the truth of our being. It veiled our radiance. And it veiled our goodness.” But the veiling was an illusion. And we have never been anything but the Satyam Shivam Sundaram. “And so all we’re doing in meditation is remembering that: that ‘I am That.’ Not the ego with its history and its shameful episodes and its failures and its losses and its depressions and anxieties—not that; that’s an artificial, false self. But the self that I am—the ‘I am that I am’ that is talked about in the Bible—that self, that ultimate Self that you are is already the radiant goodness of true being. And all we have to do is stop running away from the Self. . . . And if we will accept these three powers of Truth, and of Goodness, and of radiant Beauty, we will overcome the shadow within and the shadows without. And we can bring a world of light, a world of beauty, a world of goodness back into manifestation.” Recorded on the evening of Thursday, August 26, 2010.
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